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Desktop Metal Advances 3D Printing of Dental Prosthetics

Desktop Health Announces CE Mark Certification and International Launch for Flexcera Next Generation 3D Printed Dentures

Proprietary Resin Technology for Dental Prosthetics Delivering Superior Strength, Aesthetics and Function for Patients to Be Available to European Dental Professionals Beginning This Summer

  • Developed, tested, and selected from more than 200 formulations
  • Unique long-chain chemistry formulated and optimized for 3D printing
  • Pioneers a same-day digital denture solution with three times the toughness of select competitor denture material and lifelike tooth translucency
Desktop Health, recently launched by Desktop Metal, Inc. (NYSE: DM) and committed to developing 3D printing and biofabrication solutions for personalized medicine, announced Conformité Européenne (CE) Mark certification for its FlexceraTM resin, a proprietary technology for use in 3D fabrication of high-quality dental prosthetics. The CE Mark affirms that Flexcera resins meet the requirements of the European Medical Devices Directive, paving the way for Desktop Health to launch Flexcera resins to dental professionals within the European Union (EU) and other CE Mark geographies. Flexcera Base, which recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance, and Flexcera Smile are Desktop Health’s first formulated and optimized digital dental solutions.

“We are very pleased to report CE Mark certification for Flexcera, launching our global expansion to meet the needs of dental professionals and their patients,” said Michael Jafar, President & CEO of Desktop Health. “The introduction of Flexcera marks the inception of a remarkable new era in dentistry, combining advanced Flexcera science with 3D printing technology to deliver superior strength, aesthetics, and function for patients.”

The need for dental prosthetics is on the rise, with the global dentures market estimated to reach $3.8 billion USD by 2027. The European dentures market is a $878 million market, driven by the advancement of technology which addresses limitation of current 3D printed dental prosthetics in both brittleness and aesthetics.

The Science of Printing Teeth
Flexcera resin was developed with the strength of ceramic coupled with long chain chemistry to ensure optimal denture properties. When used exclusively with EnvisionTEC™ 3D printers, dental providers can print up to eight customized Flexcera dentures in less than two hours, delivering on the promise of same-day, high quality dental prosthetics.

For the first time in dental prosthetics, Flexcera resin offers:

  • High fracture resistance, three times more resistant to fracture than select competitive resins;

  • Moisture resistance to prevent staining or discoloration, two times more resistant than a leading competitive formulation; and

  • An overall natural aesthetic that offers lifelike tooth translucency and a natural-looking smile.

“The ability to deliver beautiful, high-quality, printable dental prosthetics is a powerful new capability made possible by Flexcera and Desktop Health,” said Prof. Patrik Zachrisson, Co-Founder and Vice President of the International Digital Dental Academy and a Partner Dentist at Digital Smile Studio in the United Kingdom. “Until now, the production of dentures has been limited to milling methods which are time-consuming, or 3D printing methods which have been brittle. For the first time, with Flexcera, we now have a complete digital denture solution that delivers on the four cornerstones of what should be expected from 3D printing: strength, high aesthetics, accuracy and speed.”

Source: Desktop Metal media announcement

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